The Yomiuri Shimbun RIO DE JANEIRO — With a huge Hinomaru national flag attached to her wheelchair, 22-year-old wheelchair tennis player Yui Kamiji led the Japanese delegation into the Rio Paralympic Games opening ceremony on Wednesday.
Kamiji was followed by about 120 Japanese athletes and officials as they marched into the Maracana Stadium waving smaller flags.
Paralympians from around the world will compete in 528 events across 22 sports, including the newly added canoe sprint and triathlon, during the 12-day event. There will be 132 Japanese athletes competing in 17 sports.
Japan was the 82nd team to march into the stadium. The Japanese athletes, all dressed in white jackets and wearing blue ties, enthusiastically waved their flags to show their appreciation for the cheers pouring down from the stands.